Chris Nakatani, most recently chief executive officer of PLV Studio, has joined The Apparel Group Ltd., a unit of the TAL Group Inc., as ceo.
Nakatani, who begins his new job today, reports to Roger Lee, ceo of TAL Group, and works from TAG’s offices in New York. The TAG business includes the Foxcroft and Paperwhite women’s divisions and, in men’s, the Enro and Damon brands. TAG also has a majority stake in New York-based Maker & Co. and is responsible for approximately $1.1 billion in sales at retail.
Additionally, he will oversee TAG’s third-party logistics operations in the U.S.
Nakatani succeeds John Liu, who has been with TAG for 29 years. Liu will continue to work with the firm during the management transition and serve as nonexecutive chairman.
Beginning his career at Nordstrom Inc., Nakatani’s most recent duties at PLV Studio included oversight of the Pour La Victoire brand, for which Cameron Diaz is artistic director. Prior to that, he served as president of wholesale at Kenneth Cole Productions and corporate executive vice president of strategic planning at Perry Ellis International Inc.
Following his time at Nordstrom, he worked at Ralph Lauren Corp. for nine years and at Tommy Hilfiger for eight years.
Lee cited Nakatani’s experience in brand building and leadership as factors that “will further enhance the strength of our company.”
TAG maintains offices in New York and Dallas. Hong Kong-based TAL Group said it is responsible for manufacturing one of every six dress shirts sold in the U.S.
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